Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Claire Jack Ph.D.
Many people in relationships with narcissists stick around because they hope to reveal the good in the narcissist they love. Too often, however, their hope turns to desperation.
Narcissists need to see themselves reflected in others. When you're involved with a narcissist, what is being reflected back at you?
Issues with sensory processing, emotion regulation, and social interactions may be due to autism. But they may also have another cause.
Narcissistic mothers can create a toxic, pressured environment for their children. How does gender affect a child's experience?
Gaslighters love to wipe the slate clean, let bygones be bygones, and point out that you're too sensitive—all of which is designed to make you question your reality.
Now that you've had children, does their narcissistic grandmother try to use them as part of her narcissistic supply?
Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) is a condition which is caused by long-term trauma. How the pressures and fear of being raised by a narcissistic mother cause CPTSD?
Are you worried that some of your behaviors are indicative of narcissism? While it's always possible that you may be a narcissist, there could be other explanations.
If you've been on the receiving end of gaslighting, you might jump to the conclusion that your gaslighter is a narcissist. Could there be another explanation?
Are you a woman with autism and not sure how to access the most suitable therapy? Here are a few points to consider.
Do you keep attracting toxic partners and aren't sure why? You might be recreating toxic relationships from your earlier life. Here's how to recognize and change your patterns.
Do you often find yourself in toxic relationships? It could be that you're the person who's creating the toxicity.
Many of us would like to become more authentic, and looking after ourselves is one of the most fundamental steps in moving towards authenticity. But there are some important truths to keep in mind.
Do you feel attacked and confused when you're with your toxic family? These common gaslighting techniques may be familiar.
Do you experience autistic meltdowns? Having strategies in place can help you cope with the fallout.
Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental illness that tends to be vilified. Can we retain compassion for narcissists while protecting ourselves?
There appears to be a link between autism and fluid concepts of gender, ranging from the rejection of stereotypical gender roles to gender dysphoria itself. Why exactly is this?
If you're a woman with autism spectrum disorder, you may camouflage, or mask, your symptoms to fit in. But camouflaging can seriously affect mental health.
Does a narcissist keep pulling you back into their life? Narcissists use hoovering tactics to control you and pull you back.
Do you find yourself bullying other people and defending a narcissistic boss or family member? You might just be their flying monkey.
A common response to cutting ties with your family is to feel bad about what you have done and about yourself generally.
To estrange yourself from your family is deeply traumatizing, but sometimes necessary. What happens if you end up together again—only to be pulled back apart?
Do you feel powerless and helpless? Do negative things just seem to happen to you? It could be that you identify with a victim role. Here's how you can regain control.
Do you feel like a worse version of yourself when you're with your birth family? Toxic families have a habit of bringing out the worst in all of us.
Are you always at the ready, waiting to rescue someone? Not only might you be harming yourself, but you may also be causing harm to those around you.
Are you always involved in drama? You might not think you're the central player—but chances are, if this is a repeat cycle, you're the one stirring the pot.
Narcissistic rage is extreme, intense, and completely unjustified to anyone except the narcissist themselves. What should you do if you're on the receiving end of narcissistic rage?
Do you have an online presence and have to deal with internet trolls? What's the best way to deal with them?
Before you speak, do you check in with what the narcissist in your life will make of what you have to say? If so, you run the risk of losing your voice.
Narcissists have one interest when they look into your eyes, hear your words, and witness your actions. They want you to validate, adore, and support their egos.
Claire Jack, Ph.D., is a hypnotherapist, life coach, researcher, and training provider who specialises in working with women with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She was herself diagnosed with ASD in her forties.